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2023 Honda CB750 Hornet – long term bike review

During the last eight months or so, Honda’s CB750 Hornet has continued to impress us here at Two Wheel Addicts working its way into our hearts as an out and out bang for buck fun machine.

We have clocked nearly 5,500klms on the bike since we first crossed paths back in Victoria on a wet and gloomy day on Honda Australia’s official launch event for the model. From that first encounter one thing was for sure and that was we wanted to get to know Honda’s CB750 Hornet much better.

Since that initial encounter and as the time comes near to hand the keys back to our Hornet a sense of nostalgia sets in on the journey and the times we have had aboard the Hornet, coincidentally our long term loan bike was also the same bike we piloted at the launch.

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2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

For the record our long term Hornet features a few additional extras including a fly screen, rear seat cowl, heated grips and a quick shifter. The latter is a must if you’re considering the new CB750.

The 755cc parallel twin punches well above its weight and performs much more spiriditidy than the spec sheet would suggest. Producing a tasty 67kW of power and 75Nm of torque, in a nimble 190kg package the Hornet is a hoot through the corners.

Utilising a 270-degree crank and uneven firing order, the CB750 Hornet performs well, especially above 6,000rpm, with a nice characterful exhaust note to boot. The Hornet excels high in the rev range combined with how well it changes direction you will find yourself hunting corners to get your fix.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The 2023 CB750 Hornet also offers selectable ride modes including Sport, Standard, Rain and Custom modes, all of which are easily controlled via the mode button and displayed via the 5.0-inch TFT display that is the control centre for the Hornet which offers good functionality.

It again reinforces how much bike you are getting for the money, with the inclusion of selectable riding modes, TFT display, LED lighting, quick shifter to name a few which are items that would only be available on top of the range spec bikes you were paying a premium for 5 years ago.

Showa 41mm inverted forks feature on the front of the Hornet. Initially the front end felt a little light, but they became very confidence inspiring the more we rode the bike, and as we acclimatised to it. The front end had good road feel in the end, and was a lot of fun.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The rear suspension utilises a shock absorber that features five stages of pre-load adjustment, with spring rate and dampening settings optimised to match the front fork. The rear offers 150mm of travel, while front suspension offers 130mm of travel.

The 2023 CB750 Hornet is available with either Dunlop or Michelin tyres, our bike was fitted with the Michelin’s and if we were purchasing a Hornet this would be the tyre option we would be proceeding with.

Stopping performance is more than adequate with the front brake offering good feel, even when trail braking into corners. Braking is provided handled via 296mm discs up front, with Nissan radial-mount 4-piston callipers. On the rear, a 240mm disc provides the stopping power.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

The Hornet finds itself just as home in suburbia as a daily commuter as it does in the backroads for weekend blasts. The Hornet is nimble and perfect for lane filtering and is easily manageable with its 795mm seat height. Fuel economy is good, especially in Standard mode, averaging anywhere between 280km and 310km on a full tank of go-go juice.

Honda’s 2023 CB 750 Hornet is priced from $12,099 plus on-roads, it’s available in Pearl Glare White or Graphite Black (as tested), it would be nice to see some further colour options added to the range.

2024 will see two more members added to the Hornet family here in Australia with the introduction of a learner legal Hornet 500 and a top of the range 1000cc variant. Honda have clearly taken aim with this platform to rival Yamaha’s well established MT range and Suzuki’s GSX model line up.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

Honda’s 2023 CB750 Hornet personifies the brand, well built reliability with the bike doing everything asked of it with a minimum of fuss. We have fallen in love with our parallel twin Hornet and will be sorry to see it go.

It is no way as mind blowing as a full tech super sports bike, but it doesn’t have the same price tag either. What the Hornet represents is value and to be perfectly honest it is going to be more than enough bike for most road riders.

Now we can only hope the new Hornets headed our way in 2024 can capture the personality and value that the CB750 has.

2023 Honda CB750 Hornet
2023 Honda CB750 Hornet

Our test bike was supplied by Honda Motorcycles Australia. To find out more about the 2023 Honda CB750 Hornet contact your local Honda Motorcycles Australia dealer.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
8.5
Style and Comfort
8
Braking and Handling
8
Overall Bike Performance
8.5
Value For Money
9.5
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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During the last eight months or so, Honda's CB750 Hornet has continued to impress us here at Two Wheel Addicts working its way into our hearts as an out and out bang for buck fun machine. We have clocked nearly 5,500klms on the bike since...2023 Honda CB750 Hornet - long term bike review